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Jewel Box

Welcome, friends. We are proud to share information about the beloved waterlily ponds at the Jewel Box of Forest Park. As caretakers of these ponds, the St. Louis Water Garden Society plans, plants, and maintains this beautiful attraction from Spring until Fall.


& The Lily Ponds


In order to encourage more people to learn about the complex ecosystem of the waterlily ponds, our organization installed signage with a QR Code near the ponds to direct people here. 

Drone footage of the Jewel Box and Forest Park, St. Louis by photographer Christopher Taber.
Copyright, St. Louis Water Garden Society, 2023. All rights reserved.


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About the Jewel Box

The Jewel Box is a St. Louis treasure that residents and guests have enjoyed for decades. The specacular water gardens certainly contribute to that draw. In fact, if you ask us the waterlily ponds at the Jewel Box are the true ‘gems’ of Forest Park.

The Jewel Box is open to the public and FREE on Monday and Tuesday mornings, from 9am – noon.  Public and private events are held there year round, including our Member reception.

This landmark was renovated in 2002 to beautify and to improve usability. You can read more about the improvements and history on the Jewel Box website.

In February 2023, Forest Park was named the #1 City Park by USA TODAY’s 10 Best.  (We could have told you that.)

Lily Pond Maps

Do you know the names of the plants you see in the waterlily ponds? Our volunteers plan the pond planting to include a variety of plants to frame and complement the actual waterlilies themselves. Click the map to see the design and to learn the names of the beautiful flora.